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Solar industry players start to fall

Posted: 18 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar market? solar cell? solar panel?

The Information Network said that the recent contraction in the solar industry is only the beginning. The analyst sees many more solar manufacturers failing, as it reports in the publication Opportunities in The Solar Market For Crystalline and Thin Film Solar Cells.

"In our September 3 release we forecast that in 2010 as many as 50 percent of the more than 200 solar manufacturers, mired in red ink with current selling prices above $2/W, may not survive," noted Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network. "The freefall has begun."

General Electric plans to close its only solar panel factory in the United States because production costs have exceeded sale prices. The factory can produce 34MW. Evergreen Solar said it would move panel production from its U.S. factory in Massachusetts to China next year in order to cut costs. And earlier this year, BP Solar announced it would close its solar panel factory in Maryland and outsource that work to a contract manufacturer. In October, BP said it had hired Jabil Circuit to assemble panels at a Jabil factory in Poland.

Solar panel manufacturers that have reported losses these past few weeks include Energy Conversion Devices Inc, JA Solar, LDK Solar Co., ReneSola Ltd, Solar Power Inc. and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. Five of these six companies are Chinese. They continue to increase inventory, lose money and affect the entire solar panel industry.

Perhaps it is an attempt to become the worldwide leader in the solar market by eliminating the competition.

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